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Glue or adhesive for minor glass repair?

Discussion in 'Glass' started by sixstringsmash, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. sixstringsmash

    sixstringsmash Well-Known Member

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    Hey there!

    So I just had me an accident with my hydrabase, and I should count myself lucky that it's still functioning but it seems to have suffered a little bit of structural damage. I used paint to illustrate exactly where here:

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    The crack seems to be on the outside of the glass because no water is leaking but in the piece that I have highlighted the horizontal tubing seems to have slightly detached itself from the main piece of the hydrabase and wobbles slightly when touched. Now as far as I can tell this pillar is only here for structural integrity so I figure a little bit of glue applied to the area will help keep it intact but I know almost nothing on the subject of the types of glue to be used for this. I am assuming the Elmer's glue in my drawer probably won't do the trick. Does anyone have anything that they might recommend as a safe and effective solution to fixing this up?
     
  2. Pyr0

    Pyr0 Stoned Roses

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    I'd say hxtal is the best but it's pricey for a single small repair.
    Hopefully somebody can recommend something else
    Any local glassworks?
     
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  3. herbivore21

    herbivore21 Well-Known Member

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    If you can cover the gong adapter and blow into the mouthpiece without any air coming out, then the crack is on the support tube only and does not open the can at all. If this is the case, any glue will not be used in the vapor path and you are free to use many more kinds of adhesives in this case. If it is at all allowing airflow out of the crack, then you need to use Hxtal or have it replaced or repaired by a proper glassblower.
     
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  4. sixstringsmash

    sixstringsmash Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice guys. The Crack does seem to be on the outside without opening the can. I can't feel any air when I blow at least.
     
  5. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, seems like glue would be ok...but just ok.

    I would suggest, as @herbivore21 mentioned, finding a local glass guy to fix it. Looks like a very simple fix to me.
     
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  6. jojo monkey

    jojo monkey Well-Known Member Manufacturer

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    My fc-ufo cracked in a similar spot and I just wrapped it with silicone tape. The tape has been holding up against cleanings and has not moved. Don't know if that will work for you though.
     
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  7. jl420

    jl420 Well-Known Member

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    I had 2 water leaks on my recycler to the point where water would empty out in seconds. I used J B Clear Weld and that epoxy worked like magic. I applied small even amounts on both sites and let it dry for at least 48 hours. I gave it a ISO / salt wash and a few warm water / soap washes and it was perfect. Still in my daily rotation and no one can see where the spots are. Good luck brother...
     
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